Category Archives: Ouseburn Futures meetings

We’re looking for a minute taker!

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group is looking for a minute taker.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group meets approximately every 6 weeks, about 8 times a year. Meetings are held weekdays at tea time, usually between 5.30 and 7.00 p.m.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience taking minutes.
  • An understanding of issues relevant to the work of the group; planning, regeneration, environment, creative industries and the local economy, etc.
  • Experience of working with volunteers and community groups.
  • Must know the Ouseburn Valley and will probably be currently involved or have been previously involved in activities in the valley.


The post holder needs to take minutes, write and distribute minutes, prepare and distribute agendas.


The post holder will be paid £10.00 per hour, on a freelance/self-employed basis.

How to apply

To apply send a letter of application in pdf format to by 5.30 p.m on Monday 15th February 2016.

Please note this deadline has been extended by a week from the date originally given.

Arts and Creative Industries meeting and survey

The annual meeting of the Ouseburn Futures Arts and Creative Group takes place at the Biscuit Tin Studios’ Gallery on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at 5.30pm.

We will be voting for a Chair and Deputy Chair for 2014 at this meeting. Please send in names, together with names of proposer and seconder to by 5pm on Tuesday 21st January 2014.

We will also be talking about what events we should hold this year. It would be helpful if you could fill in our questionnaire about what events you might want, what you want on the website, and type of workspace you have now and/or would want in the future.


Discuss Ouseburn’s future!

Come along and get involved in the discussion about Ouseburn’s future at Ouseburn Farm on Tuesday 28th January 2014.

What future for Ouseburn? What have we learned from the last few years? Where should we be going? What are the key issues in taking Ouseburn forward? What should we be concentrating on?

The panel of speakers to spark off discussion at our Ouseburn Futures Open Meeting has been announced!

  •  Dr Ian Baggett, Managing Director of the Adderstone Group, developers and managers of residential and office property (HQ in Ouseburn), which has developed 2 properties in Ouseburn.
  • Kathryn Hodgkinson, glass artist and Cobalt Studios director.
  • Tim Bailey, partner at xsite architecture, Foundry Lane (they designed the Toffee Factory).
  • Pauline Murray, of Polestar Rehearsal Studios and the band Penetration.

The following 3 panellists are to be confirmed:

  • Harvey Emms, Assistant Director of Development, Newcastle City Council.
  • Kate Edwards, Chief Executive of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Childrens Books, and formerly worked for the Ouseburn Partnership.
  • Ali Rhind, textile artist based at 36, Lime Street, and resident.

And the panel chair will be Councillor Stephen Powers, Ouseburn Ward, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council.

Doors open at 5.30pm, Ouseburn Futures AGM at 6.00pm, open meeting discussion 6.30 to 8.00pm. All welcome! Please RSVP to if you’re coming (so we know how many for refreshments).

Download a copy of the flyer (pdf file).


Mid to late Feb meetings

Painting by Gaia on the Ship Inn, 6th Feb 2013. Photo by JE Davis.

Painting by Gaia on the Ship Inn, 6th Feb 2013.

Ouseburn Futures Planning & Development Group meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday 21st February at Arch 6 (Ouseburn Trust’s office).

Agenda will include:

  • Neighbourhood Planning / Forum
  • Working with Igloo
  • Code of Conduct placement
  • Any other business and plan for next meeting.

Ouseburn Futures Environment Group open meeting will take place at Ouseburn Farm at 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2013. Open to anyone interested in the environment of the Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Early 2013 meetings and events

The New Year fireworks remains had scarcely stopped smouldering before the first Ouseburn Futures meetings of 2013 started.

We held the first Planning and Development Group meeting of the year on 10th January, and are looking forward to a busy year ahead, with lots happening in Ouseburn.

The next meetings are:

Ouseburn River Users Group meeting on Wednesday 16th January 2013.

Ouseburn Visitors and Events Group meeting on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group (OFCG) meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday 24th January 2013.

Ouseburn Business Group meeting on 7th February 2013.

Ouseburn Environment Group meeting at 5.30pm on 26th February 2013 at Ouseburn Farm. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the environment of the Lower Ouseburn.

Ouseburn Futures quarterly liaison meeting with Newcastle City Council (involves representatives of the OCFG).